Thursday, December 27, 2012
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Andrew and Allison set up hot cocoa and cookies for Santa as well as carrots for the reindeer. They placed it by the fireplace and anxiously waited in bed. It has only been 3 days since Andrew had his surgery, and he has been a sport. They created the cast so large that it won't fit through his shirts, so he is either shirtless of he wears Paul's shirts. He has his moments, usually in the middle of the night where he cries out in pain, and I run to get him some "orange medicine" AKA Tylenol with codeine. Overall he has done very well and I am proud of his strong spirit. I just feel bad that Santa brought him a pogo stick :/
|Santa has arrived!|
Saturday, December 22, 2012
This picture of Ashley at the Demboski Family Christmas Party was the only one I took this year.
We were just getting the party started when Andrew fell. All of the kids were running around throughout the house and the adults were cheering them on. We were all having fun. The party had just begun and then BAM! Andrew fell! Poor thing couldn't stop crying and we decided to take him to Torrance Memorial. Paul and I waited with him in the lobby for 3 hours, when I decided to head back to the house to check on the girls. Once I got there, the phone rang and it was Paul telling me that Andrew fractured his elbow and would need surgery tonight. I cried, then drove to the hospital just in time to watch them start an IV and take some blood. Within minutes the on call Orthopedic surgeon came in. He explained to us that he was going to have to place pins in his elbow and then he will be in a cast for 4 weeks. Andrew received pain medicine and built Legos that Santa brought him at the Christmas party. They played in his hospital bed until an OR nurse came and wheeled him to the OR room. We signed consents, met with the Anesthesiologist. Fred got to go with him, but we had to say goodbye. I told all of the OR staff to take good care of my baby. They were all amazing! Andrew called the OR the Control room, so that is what the surgery team kept calling it too.
Paul and I made our way tot he surgery waiting area and ate left over party food that our family packed up for us. We were starving! Then I fell asleep. I had been up for 40 hours, because I had worked the night before. It was after midnight when Paul woke me up and we go to go see him. He was still asleep. He had a purple cast on and so did Fred. I could not be happier with the staff there, they truly know how to make it easy on the parents and even more important they brought comfort and great care to my son. I held his had and looked at him for what seemed like forever. His little fingers were swollen. He finally woke up and I gave him a million kisses before saying goodbye. Paul stayed with him over night in the Pediatric unit. I went back to Paul's parents house to be with the girls. I knew Ashley would want to nurse soon.
Friday, December 21, 2012
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
As I mentioned before this is the time of year to truly enjoy family and to spend quality time together. Tonight we made Christmas ornaments.
Allison chose a "snowflick" to paint.
Andrew made his bell orange, naturally.
Ashley was a big helper and tried her hardest to spill the jar of water and eat the paint.
I love these chubby hands holding this thin paintbrush.
Allison's Christmas tree earrings look so beautiful on her.
The finished product!
Saturday, December 15, 2012
I had no idea what I was getting myself into. My goal was to spend some quality time baking gingerbread cookies with my kids and then of course decorating them. Little did I know that this dough was impossible to work with. It was so sticky and messy, I thought for sure they would have turned out disgusting. They actually turned out fantastic! But the recipe said it would make 24 cookies, and we only ended up with 6 big ones. We lost so much dough just because it stuck to everything and was impossible to shape.
My intentions this Holiday season is to spend less time fussing over my house, running errands, shopping and going to parties. I want to spend more time playing, teaching my kids, making memories and capturing precious moments like these. So far I have been successful. I am done with school now, so I have taken advantage of my time off. I have done all of my shopping online when the kids are in bed, I have turned down Holiday parties to spend more time at home, we have painted ornaments, and I have taught them the TRUE meaning of Christmas.
OK on to the baking...
Step One: Make the dough
Step Two: Roll the extra sticky dough
Time to decorate...
Taking a moment to clean up the frosting on his arm.
She had a choice...broccoli or icing. She chose the obvious choice.
The final product!
Paul's cookies were the best.
Ashley was upset that I took her icing away.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
The Christmas lights look so pretty when the lights in the room are dim, but I can't capture the beauty of it when the flash is on the camera. So I shut off the flash and made some attempts at some great intentions. This is what I got.
Although the subjects in the photo are adorable, they tend to move a lot! This doesn't work when the flash is off and creates fuzzy pictures.
It can create some interesting shots of the lights screeching across the photo.
I did not have a hard time finding a volunteer to stand in front of the tree to say cheese.
I even managed to get swirly lights.
Attempting to capture the mood. So peaceful and warm.
One last picture before bedtime.
I decided the only way I can take a picture of the kids in front of the tree without a flash was to do it when they don't move...when they are sleeping. Paul thought I lost my mind when I individually carried out each baby and laid them on the ground in front of the Christmas tree. I just had to get this shot.
Allison woke up and started screaming and seemed angry, so I put her back to bed.
Then Andrew woke up and cried, so I put him back to bed.
Ashley lasted the longest, so I took some more of her.
Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!